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Poster: turnphilup Date: Sep 20, 2011 10:11am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: A first time tape/LP/8-track/CD/live? TDIH

It must have been I think the Skeletons from the Closet (LP) album that first peaked my interest. But it was the ability or mine set to look for more after hearing that that set me on my way. Having older siblings and hearing nothing but FM radio in the seventies inclined me toward classic rock from the get go. The dead covered more ground then rock though, and that is what turned me on to them the most. Jazz, blues, western, you name it, they could pull it off at one show and they changed up the set list night to night had appeal as well. The first boots we came across on cassette were 5-8-77 and 3-1-69, and I could not believe it was the same band. I was hooked and had to see them live and started researching them as much as you could back then before computers. After a few live shows, I would comment to friends that I toured with, that the songs they did sounded so familiar to me, yet I had never really heard them before. This was the late eighties and by then the band had been around awhile and great shows were far and few between. To me, they are the only band that should be given the moniker of the first "Americana" sounding band.